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CITL hands over facilities worth more than US$87,000 to SoSF

CITL hands over facilities worth more than US$87,000 to SoSF

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DILI, 17 january 2024 (TATOLI) – Conservation International Timor-Leste (CITL), on wednesday, handed over facilities worth US$87,529 to support the work of the Secretary of State for Forestry (SoSF) to control Timor-Leste’s forests and protected areas.

“We handed over two units of Hilux Double Cab vehicles worth US$78,000, two units of Kawasaki KLX 150 motorbikes worth US$5,400, four units of Delorme GPS worth US$2,224, one Sony DSC HX900 camera worth US$312, one Nikon Coolpix A900 camera worth US$308, two units of Dell Optiplex 7070SFF desktop computer worth US$490, one 2500-Yasuka generator worth US$275 and one Epson EB-E500 projector worth US$520,” according to CITL director, Manuel Mendes.

Mendes said that the facilities will help the SoSF to control and protect the forest and its ecosystem and environment in the country.

He informed that in 2023, CITL also handed over six motorcycles to help authorities control the Nino Coni Santana National Park in Lautém municipality and three motorcycles to control protected areas in Kutulau, Liquiça municipality.

The Secretary of State for Forestry, Fernandino Vieira da Costa, said the facilities will be used at the national level and some will be distributed to municipalities, including Baucau, Lautém, Viqueque, Liquiça and Ermera.

“I urge all of the staff members to use these facilities properly and responsibly to support our work,” he said.

Costa thanked CITL for its support, saying that the cooperation between SoSF and CITL is crucial to protecting Timor-Leste’s forests and conserving the country’s biodiversity.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins 

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